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Bram Stoker: Author of Dracula (ePub)

An Illustrated Biography

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Biography P&S History > Literary Figures

By Neil R Storey
Imprint: White Owl
File Size: 120.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 80 mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399071086
Published: 30th August 2023

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Bram Stoker: Author of Dracula is an affectionate and revealing biography of the man who created the vampire novel that would define the genre and lead to a new age in Gothic horror literature.

Based on decades of painstaking research in libraries, museums, and university archives and privileged access to private collections on both sides of the Atlantic, the private letters of Bram and the reminiscences of those who knew him not only shed new light on Stoker's ancestry, his life, loves and friendships they also reveal more about the places and people who inspired him and how he researched and wrote his books. Bram wrote numerous articles, short stories and poetry for newspapers and magazines, he had a total of eleven novels and two collections of short stories published in his lifetime, but he would only become known for one of them – Dracula. Tragically, he did not live long enough to see it as a huge success.

In his heyday as Acting Manager for Sir Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End of London, Bram was a well-known figure in a golden age of British theatre. He was a big-framed, ebullient, genial, gentleman, with red hair and beard, who never lost his soft Irish brogue, was blessed with wit, and a host of entertaining stories fit for every occasion. Described as having the paw of Hercules and the smile of Machiavelli, above all he knew what it meant to be a loyal friend.

I enjoyed this one. Even though I've read and loved Dracula I didn't know much about Bram Stoker himself. And this book did a great job filling in the gaps.

NetGalley, Carissa Miller

As featured in 'How Dracula flew from Scotland to Whitby'.

The Scotsman

Article: Fangs for the memories: discover the writer with a thirst for vampires

The Sunday Post (Dundee)

Article: Fangs for the memories: discover the writer with a thirst for vampires

The Sunday Post (Dundee)

This books recounts the life and loves of Bram Stoker, it revels insight in to his life in a way others haven't due to the access of personal letters and diaries. It an interesting read and easy to get on with, I find some biographies can drag on but I felt compelled to read on.
I would recommend this to any Bram Stoker fans.

NetGalley, Kimberly Norris

As seen in 'New Bram Stoker book sheds light on author's life - and how he wrote classic Dracula book'

Read the full article here.

The Scarborough News

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thanks so much for this enjoyable biography with focus on one of my favourite horror writer.
I really enjoyed the pictures and learning more about this amazing author.
It felt like the author has done a really good job with the research.

NetGalley, Alexandra Lindé Andersson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Everything you wanted to know about Stoker and his time. A well researched, richly illustrated and informative biography of this author and his time
Highly recommended.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I didn’t know anything about Bram Stoker other than he was the author of Dracula. This book took care of that. I appreciate books that are enjoyable to read and I learn from them. This covers his life as well as his descendants and gives us a picture of times. I was pleasantly surprised with the number of illustrations. It is nice to put a face with a name. I recommend this book.

NetGalley, Jeanne Schutts

Bram Stoker: Author of Dracula - An Illustrated Biography is a beautiful introduction to Dracula's author, as much as the time in which he lived. I can't even say that little is left behind: starting from the origins of the Stoker family, passing through his education in college and his time as a civil servant and then as acting manager at the Lyceum theater, touching his most intimate relationships and the inspirations for his books, until beyond his mortal life, I can't see a topic that Neil R. Storey didn't touch in this exhaustive book.

NetGalley, Larka Fenrir

When one thinks of Bram Stoker, Dracula immediately comes to mind. However. Bram was more than simply an author, especially of Dracula. In this compelling, and richly illustrated biography, Neil Storey lays out the man behind a classic that sparked the imagination when it came to vampires. Using his skills as a historian, Storey painstakingly (no pun intended) unveils the man behind the classic tale. With the use of personal letters, and other documentation, Bram Stoker: Author of Dracula is revealed to be more than what his now infamous book is known for, but also a family man and friend to many whose love for the British Theater endeared him to many.
The use of photos and more throughout the book helps provide insight beyond simply an author, but an individual who was fascinated with the world around him. Surprisingly is his links with Oscar Wilde, which Storey captures in an entertaining biography. Well-researched, and laid out in a narrative style that keeps the reader turning the pages, Bram Stoker: Author of Dracula helps provide those who enjoy Dracula a better understanding of the man behind the story.

NetGalley, Vida Clark

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a great example of a biography which entertains and informs. Well researched and well written, it reads as easily as a work of fiction while all the time giving the reader detailed insights into Stoker, his life and his work. I loved the information about his family of origin and his links to Oscar Wilde’s family. Truly insightful and enjoyable.

NetGalley, Louise Gray

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Neil R Storey does a great job in bringing Bram Stoker back to life, it does everything that a good biography should have. I enjoyed the illustrations in this book and thought it was well researched.

NetGalley, Kathryn McLeer

About Neil R Storey

NEIL R STOREY is an award-winning historian and author who specialises in the impact of war on British society in the first half of the 20th Century. A graduate of the University of East Anglia, he lectures across the UK and has assembled a fine collection of original First and Second World War images to illustrate his works. Neil has published over forty books, has written for national magazines and journals and appears on television documentaries and factual programmes as a guest historian including Who Do You Think You Are? and The Buildings That Fought Hitler.
Neil's other books published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd include: The King’s Men: The Sandringham Company and Norfolk Regiment Territorial Battalions 1914 – 1918, Beating the Nazi Invader and Britain’s Coast at War.

Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland

4th December 1878

Novelist Bram Stoker (31) weds Florence Balcombe (20) in Dublin, Ireland


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